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Goat’s Beard
Perennials, Flowers

These perennials resemble astilbe, with slowly spreading clumps of finely divided leaves topped in summer by plumy, branched clusters of tiny white or cream flowers. Good in perennial borders or at edge of woodland against a dark background.

Aruncus aethusifolius (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Aruncus aethusifolius (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Aruncus aethusifolius

From Korea. Deep green, finely divided leaves make a mound 1 ft. tall and wide. White flower plumes reach 16 in. high. Useful in rock gardens, as edgings, for small-scale groundcover.

Aruncus dioicus
Aruncus dioicus

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Aruncus dioicus

Native to Eurasia and to southeastern and south-central Alaska. Grows to 6 (sometimes 7) ft. tall, 4 ft. wide, with foamy plumes of white flowers in 20-in., much-branched clusters.

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